Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers’ Association (CEAMA) has conducted a seminar on “Impending Challenges on E-Waste” to deliberate upon the draft e-waste rules and identify solutions to India’s mounting e-waste problem. The seminar was an effort towards evaluating e-waste rules and their environmental and socio-economic repercussions.
Electronic waste has recently become India’s fastest-growing waste component. It is estimated that the National Capital Region (NCR) of India generates over 11,000 tonnes of e-waste annually, whereas only 10% is recycled. The high rate of e-waste accumulation in India is caused by short product life-cycles, the increasing affordability of electronics, and lack of awareness. Dr Niloufer Shroff, Sr Director, Department of Electronics & IT, expressed his views on the role of Government in e-waste rules, and Amit Jain, Managing Director, IRG Systems, deliberated on the draft notification of e-waste rules.
The seminar also conducted a panel discussion on “Re-Coursing the Syllabus: Impending Challenges on E-Waste” which was moderated by Priti Mahesh, Chief Program Coordinator, Toxics Link. The panel discussion addressed the implications of the new e-waste rules in the country through a collective participation by eminent panellists like Dr (Ms) Shruti Rai Bhardwaj, Joint Director, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change; Anand Kumar, Sr Environmental Engineer, Central Pollution Control Board; K. K. Saraf, Asstt Vice-President, Godrej Appliance Division; Shagufta Kamran, Deputy Director, MAIT; B. K. Soni, Chairman & MD, Eco Reco; and Guha Jayaram, Tes-Amm.
The panel discussed about the new e-waste rules which have been introduced earlier this month. As per the newly-introduced norms, e-waste rules now apply on manufacturers, producers, consumers, dealers, refurbishers, dismantler and recycler involved in manufacture, sale, transfer, purchase, collection, storage and processing of e-waste. The panel also discussed the responsibilities of managing e-waste by each of these stakeholders.
Manish Sharma, President, CEAMA and Managing Director, Panasonic India and South Asia, said, “We want to work towards creating an ecosystem of Recyclers, Producers, Collection Centres, Consumers and the Government. With the focus on the Make-in-India campaign, we look forward to an era of creating newer technologies in the Recycling Industry which will open collaboration with various international partners for the same.” See more